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Derby City Mission - Homeless Report

Derby City Mission (DCM) is a Christian charity with nearly 30 years of experience.

They started supporting the homeless, poor and needy in 1989, founded initially as a debt advice service and were the first food bank nationwide. With over 300 volunteers, who with a strong compassion for the poor and most vulnerable, bring hope and support to those who need it most.

After completing the fifth winter of Derby Churches Nightshelter, the success DCM has had, is making a difference in the lives of homeless people in Derby.

DCM is acutely aware of the scope of the homeless situation in Derby and is committed to being able to provide affordable accommodation to those who need it most. They know that having a safe and secure base to live, is a platform for self-help and recovery and wit support from DCM, even the most vulnerable can change their lives for the better.

DCM has embarked on a comprehensive research project compiling up to date metrics on the homeless situation in Derby and Derbyshire and the effects this has on the individuals, support services and society as a whole.

The Growth Enterprise (TGE), a local business consultancy firm, owned by local Derby resident Andrew Gale, was asked to compile a report for DCM presenting data about the current homeless situation. Using the findings compiled by TGE, DCM are looking to create a strategic framework regarding work with Derby City Council and other service providers, to provide suitable support services and low cost accommodation for the homeless population.  They will look to outline a long term strategy and operational plan to deliver services.

Julio Abraham CEO of DCM states:

"it is a comprehensive and wide ranging challenge but DCM is well placed and determined to be able to deliver a well funded solution to continue to improve the homeless situation in Derby. The report provided by The Growth Enterprise is the starting point for a very detail plan."

Andrew Gale MD of TGE says:

" We look forward to being able to help Julio and his team create a comprehensive plan to this important issue."

To help expansion of current services and support new services in the near term, DCM has secured funding for the purchase of a new building called a ‘Community Hub’.  It will be a multi-functional space which aims to provide its client base with space for restoration, support, training and outreach.  It is a place where they are looking to treat the causes, rather than the symptoms, of poverty and pain.

In June, DCM has set up an appeal to raise £550,000 for the Hub and hopes to achieve this through donations and pledges. If you are interested in finding out more and would like to take the next step and donate or pledge to this appeal, please go to their website www.derbycitymission.org.uk/appeal/build-a-hub

If you would like advice on how to improve your workplace procedures please contact Andrew and the team on 01332 419708. Email: [email protected]  ASG Group, 14 Melbourne Court, Millennium Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8LZ.


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